But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Do Not Be Surprised - Apologetic Report
Saturday, 20 May 2017 23:45

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageWhat a Friend We Have in Jesus

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Saturday, 20 May 2017 03:30

A Turning Point for Each Man

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image...it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment... (Hebrews 9:27) All men are born physically just one time. Some men, according to God's predetermined election and will, are appointed to also be born again spiritually (John 3:3). Each man is also appointed to die...

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Friday, 19 May 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageOn my desk sits a wooden nutcracker. It is there all year, even though we typically associate nutcrackers with Christmas. I found it this past winter at a local Christmas market, one of those that masquerades as an authentic German Christkindlmarkt, when in reality it's nowhere close. In spite of...

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imageIs the plan of redemption too violent? Is it really just a horrific tale of “cosmic child abuse”? Believe it or not, there are those who profess to be Christians who would say that it is. As always, let’s go back to the Bible and see what God has to say about the penal substitutionary atone...

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Friday, 12 May 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageI heard a great quote this week from Jerry Wragg, pastor of Grace Immanuel Baptist Church in Jupiter, Florida. In fact, it came from an equally edifying sermon that is embedded below. Said Wragg, We are raising a generation of Christians who love to talk about Reformed theology but [who] lack...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 11:16

When We Forget the Meaning of Grace

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imageWithout a continual reminder of the good news of the gospel, we can easily fall into one of two errors. The first is to focus on our external performance and become proud like the Pharisees. We may then begin to look down our spiritual noses at others who are not as disciplined, obedient, and...

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Saturday, 06 May 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageAmazing Grace

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Friday, 05 May 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageSo, I tweeted this a couple days ago: Some days I can't decide if I'm living in the Twilight Zone or just reliving junior high. Either way, I'm like... pic.twitter.com/DpdbLSo6gk — Do Not Be Surprised (@EBenzBlog) May 3, 2017 Yeah, you've been there, haven't you? You open your email or text m...

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Saturday, 29 April 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageBlessed Assurance

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Friday, 28 April 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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image've been thinking a lot lately about grace. And law. Grace and law and the required balance between the two. A gospel without grace is no gospel at all (Acts 20:24). And without a proper presentation of the law, we cannot understand our need for the gospel of grace (Romans 3:20). Both are...

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Saturday, 22 April 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageOur Great Savior (Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners)

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Friday, 21 April 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageMy house sits a few doors up from a small pond, and each year there are one or two pair of ducks that come to nest. By now they've learned that they can find food in our backyard, so I watched again last night as they waddled through the grass to munch on some corn. I love observing these...

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Saturday, 15 April 2017 23:30

Resurrection Sunday Morning Praise

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imageChrist the Lord is Risen Today Thine Be the Glory

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Friday, 14 April 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageIf you read last week's post, you know that I was struggling with laryngitis leading up to my speaking commitment at the Answers for Women conference last Saturday. Well, praise the Lord for His faithfulness! It was a wonderful conference, and my voice remained strong and clear throughout the...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 00:00

It Is Finished

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imagePilate then took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him; and they began to come up to Him and say, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and to give Him slaps in the face. Pilate came out again and said to them, “Behold, I...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 02:11

Equipping Eve: Choice or Chance?

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image“Choice, not chance, determines destiny.” Do you think the writers of this church sign had verses like John 1:12-13 in mind? It seems doubtful! Let’s open our Bibles and use the example of Lydia in Acts 16 to see just who is making the choices that determine our “destiny.” Click here to listen to t...

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Saturday, 08 April 2017 23:30

Palm Sunday Morning Praise

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imageHosanna, Loud Hosanna All Glory, Laud, and Honor 

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Friday, 07 April 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageWell, it's finally here. This weekend, several hundred women will gather in Florence, Kentucky, for the Defend: Answers for Women conference. I'm honored to be a returning speaker at this event and am looking forward to seeing old friends, making new ones, and engaging in some challenging and...

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Saturday, 01 April 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageMy Faith Has Found a Resting Place

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Friday, 31 March 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageIt's hard to believe that it is already the end of March! That means that tomorrow is April Fool's Day, or at least it is for those who celebrate it. I never understood the point of April Fool's Day. I mean, I understand it, I just don't understand why some people think it's a worthwhile use of...

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageHow Firm a Foundation (with Rock of Ages)

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Saturday, 25 March 2017 01:30

Equipping Eve: Canon Conversations

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imageHow do we know the 66 books of our Bibles are the correct 66 books? Could there be more? Should there be less? Who determined the canon: man or God? Click here to listen to this latest episode of Equipping Eve. Additional Resources The Journey from Texts to Translations (book) Further...

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Friday, 24 March 2017 02:30

This 'n' That

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imageWell, thanks for giving me a break from blogging last week. It was greatly appreciated, and much needed. Things are only slightly less chaotic this week, but they are a great deal more clear, so that makes for a still busy, but #blessed, blogger (see what I did there?). Would you like to know...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 23:30

Sunday Morning Praise

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imageod Will Take Care of You

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Friday, 17 March 2017 02:30

This 'n' That (Not Quite)

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imageIn all the years that I've been posting This 'n' That, I don't believe I've ever missed or skipped a Friday. Until now. It is a particularly busy season, and an even busier week, and unfortunately, the post cannot take priority. Do not worry, though! This 'n' That will be back next week, Lord...

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